ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - St. Augustine city commissioners voted unanimously to spend thousands of tax dollars on new safety measures for their historic commissioner room inside City Hall.
"Sometimes it's a little uncomfortable," says Nancy Sikes-Kline, St. Augustine's vice-mayor and commissioner. "We have contentious issues. I would like to feel perfectly safe."
Part of their effort to beef up safety is the purchase of a bullet-resistant table that costs $8,000.
"That was the commissioners' idea," St. Augustine Police Department Chief Loren Lueders tells our news partner Action News. "They want an impact-resistant table so if something was to happen, they could actually get under the table and hide."
Commissioners also voted to spend several thousand dollars more to install a metal gate in front of the new table and alter a historic door behind it. They approved the addition of an extra uniformed police officer to check every person who enters with a hand-held metal detector.
"It probably seems like overkill to a lot of people, but it's something that makes them feel safer," says Lueders.
Commissioners tell Action News that the upgraded security measures have been under consideration for two years. Chief Lueders made the specific recommendations to the commission in a memorandum dated April 5th.